This giveaway is now closed. The winner is #180 Cathy K!
One of the booths that I simply could not leave Quilt Market without seeing was the booth for Serendipity Studio. I actually walked up to the information booth and asked (I was incredibly unprepared this time around...I left my packet of booth numbers at home, in addition to my make-up, contact lenses...all sorts of stuff).
In the photo above is Kay Whitt, the designer of Serendipity Studio. She is wearing a dress made from one of her new sewing patterns, the Zoe Dress. That's me in the rainbow bright dress; that's the dress I made from a quilt I cut up, using the Serendipity Studio Monique Dress sewing pattern, my ever-present favorite pattern which I have made many, many times!
|Artist Portfolio from 'Artful Bags' mini book, and 'Lola Gypsy Bag' sewing pattern|
Kay and I are both bag ladies and clothes horses (I almost said we are a lot alike, but honestly she is light years ahead of me). She has so many gorgeous patterns to choose from. Now that I think about it, I think I've made more of her sewing patterns than anyone else's. Not on purpose, my mind just wants to make what it wants to make. :-)
I got a little interview in with Kay about her sewing patterns, and here is what she had to say!
1. Your sewing patterns, especially the ones for clothing, always feature detailed instructions for making many different kinds of variations to the garment (i.e. using several different kinds of fabrics, adding ruffles or rouching, etc.). I don't think I've come across any other pattern designer that does this on a regular basis with their patterns. As a pattern designer, why are the optional variations important to you?
2. I love that your sample dresses always feature quilting cottons. I have noticed that there is a divide in fabric choices, as far as garment pattern designers are concerned. Do you think there is a difference in construction, quality, or wearability from using fashion fabrics compared to quilting cottons when making an article of clothing?
Having said that, I personally do not recommend quilting weight cotton for a jacket. I think the weight is not substantial enough. I prefer a heavier weight fabric for those types of garments and usually turn to a twill or sateen if I want to use cotton. Otherwise, I venture into wool or other fabrics with more weight.In general, cottons are so easy to work with and they are very obedient! They stay put during construction and press so well. Plus, in today's market, there are just so many beautiful prints to choose from! It is hard not to be drawn to them. I have had people ask about wrinkling during wear. Well, cotton is a natural fiber and like linen, it will wrinkle during wear. I have found that when I wear dresses or skirts that wearing a simple half slip with them really keeps the wrinkling to a minimum, prevents any clinging to leggings or tights, and is an extra boost for the drape also. I have even had some customers line their skirts or dresses with a polyester fabric to build in their own slips. This is a great idea, but I am usually too lazy to do it....so I just wear a separate slip!
3. In regards to your sewing patterns, do you feel like they are, in general, for a certain level of seamstress (i.e. beginner, intermediate, or advanced)? Or do you think that anyone can make an item from following your pattern instructions?
4. How do you arrive at a certain design for a sewing pattern, and what is your design process like in a nutshell?
From there, I do a simple sketch with some ideas for how the design can be changed around for variations, then it is on to drafting the first set of pattern pieces with my design software. At this point in my design work, I have built a library of different pattern pieces. I think about the design and what sort of pieces I can build from that I have used before. There is always a lot of changing things around until I get the design just where I want it. This is a back and forth process from drafting to sewing and back again until the pieces are working together as I desire, then the fun begins with fabric play and making the variations.
5. What is your favorite thing about being a sewing pattern designer?
|Looovee that bird bag in the center...that is the new 'Madison Wallet Bag' sewing pattern!|
|Maria Mexican Folk Dress from the 'Fashion Formula Dresses' booklet...check out that hand embroidery!|
Didn't I say there were so many bags to choose from?? :-)
I was lucky enough to be able to sew a dress that was in Melody Miller's booth at Market using one of her new fabrics. I used the Serendipity Studio Zoe Dress pattern to make it. I just love the wide pleats on this one! It worked really great with Melody's decor-weight fabric! Here's me wearing the dress before I sent it off:
And now how about a giveaway?!? Kay Whitt has generously offered a prize pack of all of her new sewing patterns to one lucky reader! Please click the link below to take you to the entry page! You have until Tuesday, November 13th at 7pm CT to enter! Good luck!